Career Transitions Forum

The Career Transitions Forum (CTF) is a unique series of lectures, presentations, and networking activities designed to support professionals who are transitioning in their careers.

Professionals from recruitment firms, corporations, and the local community will present a broad array of job search strategies and tips, with a different topic presented each week. New participants can join any week.  

Free Career Advising

Career Advising is available from corporate executives for those who have attended at least one CTF session. It is strongly recommended that those requesting counseling complete an HRD resume class. 

To schedule an appointment, submit the CTF Career Advising Request form, which is available at CTF meetings on Thursdays from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM at Trinity Baptist Church in Raleigh.

Nov 15 |  Overcoming Flat-Forehead Syndrome - A Disease Related to Brick Walls & Job Search!

Sheyenne Kreamer


Sheyenne Kreamer coined the term "Flat Forehead Syndrome" to describe the challenge she and many others have faced in the search for new employment. She shows people how to "cast the net wider" in the search process to include discovering a new career path that holds great meaning. If you're tired of the dreaded "FFS" disease or would like to avoid it all together, you'll enjoy this session as you are challenged to think differently about your job search!


Sheyenne is the "Live Your Song" coach and CEO / Found of Triangle Solutions Alliance, a consulting, training, and coaching company. Sheyenne's background includes manufacturing project management as well as recruiting and staffing. She has taught classes at UNC Greensboro, ECPI, and the Friday Center at UNC Chapel Hill on "Sales & Marketing for Entrepreneurs & Consultants."


Nov 22 | Thanksgiving Holiday | NO CLASS ON THIS DATE


Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no class on this date.


Nov 29 | Resume Workshop | Carrie Christiano


Come join us as we review best practices in resume writing today and get your resume reviewed by a professional resume writer. Accomplishment-based resumes will differentiate you from the competition and get you interviews! The first half of the class, CTF's Facilitator, Carrie Christiano, will review how to develop and articulate your professional "brand" in your summary and how to back it up with facts in your experience section. Th presentation will be followed by a workshop with one-on-one resume reviews.


Carrie Christiano is a resume writer and career coach who has an extensive background in both agency and corporate recruiting within finance, technology, and clinical research industries. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, Red Hat, Cisco, LexisNexis, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Quintiles. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Communications from Tulane University in New Orleans and became a certified professional resume writer in 2009. 


Dec 6 | Career Transitioning with LinkedIn | Debra Mathias


Come join us as Debra Mathias teaches up how to turn connections into a career with LinkedIn! During this session, we will learn how to keep notes on your connections and organize them into groups for easy reference. Debra will also discuss how to make lasting relationships by networking with the groups and companies that you connect with and how to market yourself to get the career you want instead of accepting any job.


Debra Mathias has over 30 years of sales, marketing, promotions, branding and sales management experience. As president of Connect to Clients and LinkedIn trainer and coach for over 7 years Debra brings her strategic actionable approach to everyone from entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies. Her dedication to the success of others is what sets her career apart from most. Applying her LinkedIn strategies gives companies the toolkit they need to succeed in social media.


She is host of #LinkedInLocal Raleigh/Triangle, a worldwide initiative held 4 times per year in the Triangle area to bring LinkedIn connections face to face to grow, market and promote their businesses. As a former race car driver for 13 years and 15-year breast cancer survivor she puts her focus, determination and passion for success in every aspect of her life.


Note: Dec 6 is the last class of the Fall session. We will resume CTF in January for the Spring session.

Happy Holidays to you all!



Trinity Baptist Church - Fellowship Hall
4815 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC
Directions to Church
Church Campus Map

Day & Time:

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Arrive early and stay after for valuable informal networking!


This is a moderated group. Professionals must attend one or more CTF sessions to join.

Enhance Your Resume, Market yourself, Explore A New Career

HRD (Human Resources Development) courses provide assistance for adults who are trying to find employment, transitioning back into the workforce, or working to redefine their professional niche in today's global market. HRD offers many relevant classes that will help equip you for success in your job search. 

What our students are saying...

I have accepted an offer from Cisco as a Marketing Manager in their Enterprise Networking group. You can say that “networking” will be my job and not only a means for career advancement!
I am really thankful to you and other leaders and participants of Career Transition Forum group for their tremendous support, encouragement, willingness to help, opening rolodex’s, and insights into the modern hiring process. I truly learned from the wonderful speakers you invited, and from others’ experiences.
I am happy to extend help to anyone in the group to the extent I can.
- Vivek B., CTF Alumni


Today, I landed a permanent position at IAT Insurance as a Technical Project Manager/Process & Change Manager.  I am really excited!  It's truly a dream job for me where I will use all of my certifications. I could not have done it without your support and advice! Especially these 2 simple steps that REALLY made me a stand-out candidate:

  1. Networked with employed people in my field (which led to a friendship with an IAT IT staff member --> which led to my sincere interest in IAT --> which led to a referral!)
  2. Shared stories about specific technical projects I managed that are directly related to projects that IAT is planning to undertake now. 

- Elizabeth R., CTF Alumni

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